Proceedings of the New Zealand Ecological Society (1976) 23: 27- 32

The role of estuaries in the life cycles of fishes in New Zealand.

Research Article
R. M. McDowall  
  1. Fisheries Research Division, Ministry for Agriculture and Fisheries, Wellington.

Examination of the fish faunas of estuaries in New Zealand suggests that they have resident faunas of low diversity. However the estuaries serve as pathways in the migrations of a few marine fish species and a wide range of freshwater fish species. For this reason it is important that estuaries remain free from pollution and habitat modification